Barcelona In Drab Draw Before Champions League Clash With Man Utd

Barcelona In Drab Draw Before Champions League Clash With Man Utd

Barcelona In Drab Draw Before Champions League Clash With Man Utd

'Of course the PSG performance away gives us hope and belief we can do it, but we know we are playing against probably the favourites for the tournament, ' said Solskjaer.

Smalling revealed he spoke to Messi after the match about the injury but the 31-year-old absolved the Englishman of any blame.

"Therefore, when I hear that for Juventus the league is easy, no, because Juventus plays the same games as other teams, then the head-to-head games you may win three, lose two, draw one, that's a different story, but the difference in the league is made with the other teams".

Barcelona secured a 1-0 win at Old Trafford but Messi left the pitch mid-through the first half of the game with gushing cuts on his eyelid and nose.

"But he was a little bit stunned at the time, although he's okay now for this game and ready to go".

Roma dumped Barcelona out of the Champions League in 2018 by winning 3-0 in the second-leg despite losing the first-leg in Camp Nou 4-1.

"Those that start the game will be important but so will those that finish it, ” said Valverde".

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"It was a hard situation because lots of new people came in, but I knew it's what we had to do today".

Huesca had their moments as Enric Gallego burst through but shot wide and then he wanted a penalty after Marc-Andre ter Stegen slid through the back of his legs.

Ronaldo was rested after returning from injury to score in the first leg against Ajax, with forwards Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic also starting on the bench.

'The value of the goal doesn't change if another player gets the last touch or not, ' added Valverde. Tomorrow is a tough day for everyone, for me and him, and he has the same objective as me, to get a clean sheet. They have beaten Juventus and Paris Saint Germain in the last minutes so we will have to be at our best. Last time it was 5-0 in Porto and 0-0 at Anfield, this time it was 2-0 in Liverpool and think we may have a similar scoreline this time round. "If we want to face that we have to show the way we are ourselves".

But Solskjaer, who scored the victor when United won the Champions League at the Camp Nou in 1999, believes Barca's prestigious European history makes beating the Spanish champions a different prospect to PSG.

United's greatest threat in recent weeks has tended to come on the counter-attack but Solskjaer insists they can not afford to sit back.

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